Beat Kaestli at Smoke Jazz Club - NYC, Feb. 8th

Beat Kaestli- for the Grateful Web

On Sunday, February 8th, Beat Kaestli is returning to Smoke Jazz Club (sets @ 6 & 7pm). Smoke is one of NYC premier Jazz venues with a great atmosphere and a delicious food and drink menu- perfect to listen to Jazz and enjoy a great meal. Please call for reservations - space is limited.
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Beat Kaestli Quartet @ Smoke Jazz Club, NYC
feat. Aria Hendricks (voc) and Adrian Mira (sax)
Sunday, February 8th - 2 sets 6 & 7pm
2751 Broadway (between 105/106 st)
212 864 6662 |
Cover: $5 ($20 min @ tabels)
Directions: 1/9 train to 103rd st

Line up:
Beat Kaestli - voice
John Chin - piano
Michael O'Brian - bass
Russ Pederson - drums
feat. Aria Hendricks and Adrian Mira

Catherine Russell at The Metropolitan Room, NYC - 1/11/09

Photos by Anthony Pepitone- for the Grateful Web

Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born with an enviable musical pedigree. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was born in Panama and moved to New Orleans and then New York City, becoming a pioneering pianist/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director.  Her mother, Carline Ray, is an outstanding bassist and vocalist and holder of advanced degrees from Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, who has performed with Mary Lou Williams and Wynton Marsalis. Not surprisingly considering her roots, Catherine Russell is a one of a kind vocalist.  She has toured the world, performing and recording with a wide array of trend setting artists, including Paul Simon, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, and Rosanne Cash.

Since the 2006 release of her debut album, Cat, on Harmonia Mundi's World Village label, Catherine Russell has been making fans and friends and grabbing listeners by the ear. "She is a fresh and original voice. The most exciting debut album I've heard in a long time" writes New York Sun critic and Sinatra biographer, Will Friedwald, who picked Cat among his top 10 cds of the year. "It's a delight to hear the real thing in Catherine Russell.", writes Nat Hentoff in The Wall Street Journal.

Ms. Russell has been a hit on major events like Rochester Int'l Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Bern International Jazz Festival, JVC-New York Jazz Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Lotus Festival, and at premier venues like The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Sculler's in Boston, The Dakota in Minneapolis, The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and Yoshi's in San Francisco. She has appeared on the nationally syndicated shows Mountain Stage, JazzSet on NPR, Studio 360, and The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS-TV. Reviews and profiles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Phoenix, Living Blues, Blues Review, Downbeat, Goldmine, No Depression, Boston Herald, Newark Star Ledger, JazzTimes, Chicago Sun Times, and many more.

Cat spent weeks on JazzWeek magazine's chart for national airplay, while 'Back O Town Blues' was a top 10 download on I-Tunes Jazz Chart. National Public Radio's top 5 jazz cd's of 2006 included Cat, as chosen by WBGO dj's.

Catherine Russell's 2nd album on World Village, Sentimental Streak, hit the streets on February 12, 2008, to universal acclaim, becoming a world-wide favorite of critics and fans alike. Catherine appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on NBC-TV, Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR, Beale Street Caravan, and in concert on CBC-Radio in Canada. Her 2nd cd reached the #3 position on I-Tunes Jazz Chart, while also charting on Billboard's Jazz Chart, JazzWeek, and Living Blues Radio Chart. She recently won a prestigious German Record Critics' Award in the Jazz category and Living Blues magazine's 2008 critics' poll as "Artist Deserving More Attention."

The Metropolitan Room

34 West 22nd Street between 5th & 6th Ave

New York, NY

reservations 212-206-0440

purchase tickets online


This Weekend At Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC)

Michael Formanek- for the Grateful Web

Sat  Dec 27

(Ray Anderson, trombone; Mark Dresser, bass) 

Sun  Dec 28

(Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones; Michael Formanek, bass; Tom Rainey, drums)

"Ingrid Laubrock—a uniquely adventurous saxophonist and bandleader on the British scene since mid decade—has made an album so exceptional that the German-born, London-based musician hasn't gone so much global as galactic."  Chris May, All About Jazz

About Michael Formanek:

Michael Formanek may have one of the most diverse biographies in contemporary improvised music. At first glance his list of musical affiliations is both intriguing and confusing. Spanning nearly twenty three years he has played and/or recorded with Tim Berne, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Marty Ehrlich, Chet Baker, Tony Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Kevin Mahogany, Fred Hersch, Marimolin, Dave Liebman, Uri Caine, Joe Henderson, Mark Isham, James Emery, Bob Mintzer, Mingus Dynasty, Mingus Big Band, Terumasa Hino, Cedar Walton, Attila Zoller, Eddie Daniels, George Coleman, Franco Ambrosetti, Jane Ira Bloom, Ted Rosenthal, Bob Moses, Daniel Schnyder, and Gunther Schuller.  "...deep propusion, big beefy tone, a strong sense of line, individuality expressed through avoiding the expected." - Village Voice

About Tom Rainey:
"He is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air" - Josef Woodard, L.A. Times.

Mon  Dec 29
(Eri Yamamoto, piano; Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone; Steve Swell, trombone; Kevin Tkacz, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums)

This Weekend At Cornelia Street Cafe NYC w/ John McNeil

John McNeil will play the Corneila Cafe- for the Grateful Web

Fri Nov 28 & Sat Nov 29
9:00PM & 10:30PM THE JOHN MCNEIL HARMONIC EXTRAVAGANZA! @ the Cornelia Street Cafe

(John McNeil, trumpet; Tom Beckham, vibraphone; Nate Radley, guitar; Mike McGuirk, bass)

The John McNeil Harmonic Extravaganza! - A THANKSGIVING TREAT!

After blowing your diet completely and spending yet another torturous holiday with family members you can't stand, you now have the opportunity to wipe the slate clean.  John McNeil's Harmonic Extravaganza is just the thing to erase the evil memories of Thanksgiving and to steel you against Yuletide challenges yet to come.

You see, this is no ordinary music; the chords and tonal colors generated by this band are specifically designed to resonate within your cerebral cortex and stimulate your pleasure centers with endorphins.  In other words, this band puts the "hip" in hippocampus, the "myg" in amygdala and removes the "dull" from medulla. It's like electroshock therapy without the drooling and loss of short-term memory.

Sun  Nov 30 

(Sam Sadigursky, clarinet, flute; Sebastián Cruz, tiple, guitar; Alejandro Flórez, bandola, tiple, guitar; Andreas Guarín, guitar; Pedro Giraudo, bass; Franco Pinna, drums, percussion)

Three unique acoustic guitars plus drums, bass, clarinet and flute, playing music that is rich in danceable rhythms, elaborate melodies and sophisticated harmonies, based on Colombian tradition but injected with a jazz ingredient full of improvisation, interaction and innovative character.

Mon  Dec 01 

(David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; John de Witt, bass; Adam Amram, percussion; John Ventimiglia, actor)

David Amram Quartet, with Kevin Twigg, John Dewitt, Adam Amram, actor John Ventimiglia and surprise guests celebrating the publication of Amram's new book, "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" classics of jazz, world music, spoken word and amram's compositions.

This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments - renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

Mel Martin Quartet at The Kitano NYC November 14-15

photo by Ed Berger- for the Grateful Web

Mel Martin—composer, arranger, bandleader, saxophonist, flutist—is one of the most versatile and inventive musicians ever to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area. In his long career, he's played a part in many of the innovative movements that have emerged from that creative community. He worked and recorded with a number of the progressive rock and Latin bands of the late '60s and early '70s, including the Loading Zone, Cold Blood, Azteca, and Boz Scaggs. In 1977 he founded the award-winning Listen, one of the first West Coast jazz-fusion bands. And he's currently artistic director of Bebop and Beyond, a group he formed in 1983, as well as leading The MEL MARTIN BAND and Big Band, the Tenor Conclave, and the Benny Carter All-Star Tribute Band.


Martin's latest CD, Just Friends by the Mel Martin/Benny Carter Quintet, was recorded live at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland in April 1994 with Carter on alto saxophone, Martin on tenor saxophone and flute, Roger Kellaway on piano, bassist Jeff Chambers, and drummer Harold Jones. Its summer 2007 release coincides with Carter's centennial (August 8). Martin calls the disc "one of the best-sounding live recordings I've ever heard."


The musicianship on Just Friends is superb. Kellaway and Jones had played frequently with Carter, and Chambers and Martin have a long working relationship of their own, giving the ensemble an uncanny level of communication. As for Carter, "Benny's playing was fluid and exploratory," Martin says. "You never knew where he was going to go."

The set includes "Perdido," a tune associated with Duke Ellington; "People Time," a Carter composition with Mel on flute ("the best flute performance I've ever recorded," he says); "Elegy in Blue," composed by Carter upon the death of a close longtime friend; Martin's 3/4 original "Spritely," a feature for Mel and the trio; and the standards "Secret Love" and "Just Friends."


"The arrangements [on the new CD] were spontaneous," Martin says. "We would listen to each other, then make contributions to the ongoing conversation. That's how we'll play in the Benny Carter Tribute Band I'm putting together now with Roger [Kellaway], Andrew [Speight, alto saxophone], Robb [Fisher, bass], and Jeff [Marrs, drums]."


Mel Martin met Benny Carter at a Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame gathering in 1978. "I was in the pit orchestra," Martin recalls. "Benny spoke about his work scoring films and showed clips from Stormy Weather and other movies he worked on. At the end of the gig he said hello to every member of the band and shook everybody's hand, a typically gracious gesture.


"In 1986 I went to the Verona Jazz Festival with Bebop and Beyond. Benny and I got to hang out, and he stayed in touch." In 1989 Carter asked Martin to put together a big band for a weeklong gig at Kimball's East. "It was a five-sax, eight-brass and rhythm section group; we played Benny's compositions." After a second weeklong run at Kimball's in 1990, Carter asked Martin to join his big band for two tours of Japan.

"Except for a few tunes like 'Only Trust Your Heart,' 'Key Largo,' and 'Cow Cow Boogie,' Benny's music isn't that well known," Martin observes, "but it's up there with Ellington. He's one of the most underappreciated composers of the 20th century. When I got to know his compositions on that tour, I was astounded."


The arrangements Carter created for his music inspired Martin to apply for an NEA grant to record Carter's compositions. Mel Martin Plays Benny Carter (Enja, 1994) combined music recorded live at Yoshi's in 1994 with a studio session featuring pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Victor Lewis, and bassist Rufus Reid. Just Friends lets us hear more of what Carter and Martin played on those magical nights.


Mel Martin was born in Sacramento on June 7, 1942. Both parents were singers, and early piano and clarinet lessons led him to Benny Goodman and to Glen Church's Jazz Rhythm & Blues radio program. The big bands passing through town—Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie—kept his interest high. "Seeing Benny Goodman made me want to play jazz," Mel recalls. "His sax man Budd Johnson had an incredible sound; he didn't need a mike to fill the hall. I had a small combo—clarinet, accordion, and drums. After gigs we played at Mel's drive-in for tips."


While still a teenager, Martin was fortunate enough to sit in with Wes Montgomery and his brothers. "Monk and Buddy Montgomery moved to Sacramento after the Mastersounds [their successful quartet with Richie Crabtree and Benny Barth] disbanded. They brought Wes out from back East, and drove around to gigs in a pink Caddy.

"I'd go listen when they played the Swinging Lantern or the Iron Sandal. I showed up one night with my flute, got up my nerve and asked if I could sit in. They were very encouraging. After the gig, Wes wrote out the changes to 'West Coast Blues' on a napkin I still have."


While majoring in music at San Francisco State in 1962, Martin met John Handy, a fellow undergraduate, and played in his Freedom Band. "[John] had played with Mingus and had his own records on Roulette. He was a big influence on me. We played demonstrations and colleges. There wasn't a lot of money involved, but we played stuff by Mingus and Handy."


Martin learned how to play bop with the musicians who hung out at Bop City, Soulville, the Jazz Workshop, Shelton's Blue Mirror, Jack's on Sutter, and later the Both/And. "The greats would go there after their gigs to hang with the local musicians, eat chicken and waffles, and play jazz," he recalls. "Clubs had jams from 2 to 6 a.m. and from 6 to 11 a.m. You could catch a gig on Friday, then go to a club and play all night, get some sleep and do it all over again on Saturday. Bop City and Soulville were my schools."


Starting in the late 1960s, Martin began a period of playing with progressive rock and Latin bands, among them the Loading Zone, Cold Blood, Azteca, and Boz Scaggs. In 1977 Martin formed Listen, an important part of the early West Coast jazz-fusion scene. "The Fourth Way, Jerry Hahn Brotherhood, and the John Handy Quintet were all based here," Martin points out. "Chick Corea was putting Return to Forever together, and Herbie Hancock started the Headhunters in San Francisco, so there's a rich lineage of fusion in the Bay Area."


Listen made three albums—two for the Inner City label, Listen Featuring Mel Martin (1977) and Growing (1978); and She Who Listens (1979) for the small Scottish label Move. Martin received a Musician of the Year award from the San Francisco chapter of NARAS (Grammy) in 1977 as well as a Bammy for Best Jazz Album of 1977 for Listen Featuring Mel Martin. Illustrious Listen alumni include steel pan player Andy Narell and drummer Terry Bozzio.


Martin has been artistic director of the group Bebop and Beyond since 1983. Eddie Marshall, John Handy, George Cables, Ed Kelly, and Warren Gale have passed through its ranks. The band's discography includes Bebop and Beyond (Concord, 1984); Bebop and Beyond Plays Thelonious Monk (Blue Moon, 1990); Bebop and Beyond Plays Dizzy Gillespie (Blue Moon, 1991), with special guest Dizzy Gillespie; and Friends and Mentors: Bebop and Beyond Plays the Music of Mel Martin (Quixotic, 2000).


Mel Martin has received five National Endowment for the Arts grants—a Compositional Grant in 1976, and subsequent funding to preserve the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Benny Carter for the recordings Bebop and Beyond Plays Thelonious Monk, Bebop and Beyond Plays Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Martin Plays Benny Carter,and the brand-new Just Friends. He has been honored by the San Francisco Jewish Museum as part of their Jewish Presence in Jazz Series. Other projects include the Tenor Conclave, currently on hiatus, a sextet with Tim Armacost, Rob Roth, Mark Levine, Robb Fisher, and Akira Tana, focusing on the repertoire of great saxophonists of the past, particularly Joe Henderson; and the Mel Martin All-Star Big Band, which plays new arrangements of standards as well as the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Jimmy Heath, and Mel Martin.


As performer, composer-arranger, and multi-instrumentalist (soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones; flute and alto flute; clarinet and bass clarinet), Martin has contributed to the CBS television series The Twilight Zone and the films Rumblefish, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Warriors, and Street Music. Martin has assembled (and performed in) big bands for McCoy Tyner and Dizzy Gillespie, and played with the Freddie Hubbard Quintet and Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra.


Martin, who taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University from 1984 to 1995, is a highly respected national clinician. He has produced the Bebop and Beyond Advanced Jazz Workshops for the Marin Jewish Community Center, and conducts workshops at his studio in Novato and in the Marin County public schools. "I feed my students classics from the jazz repertoire and discover some of the young talents that will take the music into the future.


"I've always loved music," Martin adds, "from jazz to rock to classical, and I've been blessed to be able to make a living at it." After six decades of playing, Mel Martin is still exploring the limitless possibilities of musical expression with the same enthusiasm he felt when he first picked up a clarinet as a boy.


66 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10016 (212)885-7000 ( 800)548-2666
Shows at 8 & 10PM $25 cover, $15 minimum.
Mel Martin - saxophones & flute
Taylor Eigsti - piano
Steve Laspina  - bass
Steve Johns  - drums


Nabate Isles- for the Grateful Web

Director/curator Dave Douglas, along with curators Taylor Ho Bynum and Jeremy Pelt, proudly announce the 2008 Festival of New Trumpet Music - aka FONT Music, taking place September 13-28, 2008!  The three day series NEW TRUMPET UNDERGROUND at Cornelia Street Cafe is curated by Taylor Ho Bynum.

Thursday, Sep 18

8:30PM Hooper-Piccarillo Group

Hooper Piccalero, Lauren Strobel & Danilo Henriquez, trumpet; Matt Plummer, trombone/bass trombone; Derek Beckvold, baritone sax

9:30PM Rich Johnson's Up the Turret Mil

Rich Johnson, trumpet/laptop; Aaron Jennings, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass

11PM Lewis Barnes' Hampton Roads

Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto sax; Darius Jones, alto sax; Todd Nicholson, bass; Warren Smith, drums

Lewis Barnes' Hampton Roads

Most directly influenced by Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Booker Little, and Thad Jones, Lewis Barnes is Virginia born, City of New York reared and a Howard University graduate. He creates music with bassist William Parker's critically acclaimed quartet (which includes Rob Brown on saxophone and Hamid Drake on drums), The Little Huey Orchestra, and The Inside The Songs of Curtis Mayfield project (with Amiri Baraka, Leena Conquest, Darryl Foster, Sabir Mateen, and Dave Burrell). He also contributes his trumpet to Greg Tate's collective Burnt Sugar, which includes a host of tremendous and outstanding musicians. Lewis has also worked and/or recorded with saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, The Holmes Brothers, Norah Jones, drummer William Hooker, the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Chris Becker, Noizland, and numerous other musical projects. He's written and recorded original music for two films by Actress/Cinematographer Sandye Wilson, "So Many Things to Consider" and "Notsoprivatethoughts."

Rich Johnson's Up the Turret Mil

Celebrating the release of his first solo recording for Loyal Label, Johnson will be playing music from his new CD with help from the electronic-acoustic duo "Opsvik & Jennings." "Up the Turret Mil" is a mix of trumpets, guitars, and pianos with laptop glitch, sampling, and musique concrète. Many of the songs began as experiments with laptop and electronic-acoustic treatments on the trumpet, and bridge Johnson's many influences – from free jazz to folk music. Based in NYC since 1998, Johnson plays in a wide variety of groups from British style brass bands, laptop duos, big bands, Brazilian music, brass quintet, and free jazz freak-outs. Originally from northern Minnesota, Johnson began studying classical trumpet in grade school and came to New York to study jazz. Johnson has contributed as a sideman to a number of projects including Jason Rigby's critically acclaimed 2006 recording, "Translucent Space," Ryan Green & Scott Anderson's "Tive Razão," and Opsvik & Jennings' "Commuter Anthems" on the Rune Grammofon label.

Hooper-Piccarillo Group

Unafraid of either complexity, repetition, silence or lyricism, Hooper Piccalero creates refreshing musical landscapes. The Boston-based quartet "specializes in textural scrabbles reminiscent of early Art Ensemble sides, as well as quirky spoken-word oriented pieces like 'What the Fuck,' in which the title is ritualistically repeated like some kind of Balinese monkey chant" (Time Out NY).

Drawing from influences including the aforementioned Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra, Hooper Piccalero uses spoken word and theater in many of their compositions. In their piece "No Vignettes", they phone NPR host Steve Inskeep. In other compositions, they involve the audience with in-concert surveys or directly with musical contributions.

Hooper Piccalero is comprised of four classically-trained musicians; their vocabulary of extended techniques affords the opportunity for pyrotechnic displays but also beautiful melodic statements. Their repertoire is mostly original, consisting of a variety of composed material, graphic scores and game pieces—but it also includes pieces by John Zohn, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Christian Wolff and Norman Bolter.

Hooper Piccalero members have performed or recorded with Art Lande, Anthony Coleman, Slavic Soul Party, the DaHa Orchestra (lead by Andrew D'Angelo and Curtis Hasselbring), Summit Brass, Cleo Parker Robinson dance, the Rubblebucket Orchestra and timba band La Bolá.

Performing throughout North America, Hooper Piccalero has played at the Stone and the Jalopy Theater in New York; NOW Series in Toronto; Jordan Hall, the Lily Pad, and the Boston Public Library in Boston; Radio Bean in Burlington; the Hotcakes Gallery in Milwaukee; and the Ennui Cafe in Chicago.

Friday, Sep 19

8:30PM Chris DiMeglio's Imaginary Sextet - *FONT commission*

Chris DiMeglio, trumpet; Jason Kao Hwang, violin; Dave Miller, drums; Ras Moshé,tenor saxophone/flute; Todd Nicholson, bass; Catherine Sikora, tenor & soprano saxophones

9:30PM Scott Tinkler's Antipodean Collective

Scott Tinkler, trumpet; Carl Dewhurst, guitar; Ken Edie, drums

11PM John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet

John McNeil, trumpet; Bill McHenry, tenor sax; Joe Martin, bass; Jochen Rueckert, drums

Chris DiMeglio's Imaginary Sextet

Chris DiMeglio is a trumpeter, composer, and vocalist living in Astoria, Queens. He has performed with Daniel Carter, Steve Dalachinsky, François Grillot, Jason Kao Hwang, Daniel Levin, Nate McBride, Frank Rosaly, Blaise Siwula, Steve Swell, and at the Festival of New Trumpet Music, the Protest Heaven Jazz and Improvised Music Series, the RUCMA Series, the Aperto New Music Series, and on WKCR's Live Constructions show. His first recording as a leader, "The Open Field," was recorded in July 2007 and will be released in September 2008. Chris' new Imaginary Sextet consists of musicians who were invited to share their unique and beautiful musical personalities. The music—commissioned by FONT Music—is largely through-composed and blurs some of the lines between composition and improvisation. Chris will probably sing at some point too.

Scott Tinkler's Antripodean Collective

Improvising powerhouse and all round fire-starter Scott Tinkler heads to NY to perform exclusively at FONT this September. Joining him are fellow Australians Carl Dewhurst on guitar and Ken Edie on drums, forming what has to be one of the Australia's most incendiary trios. Scott has performed and recorded with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Jeff Watts, Mark Helias and Billy Harper but is best known for his many CD releases as a leader.

"Tinkler has the best tone, technique, articulation and inventiveness of any Australian trumpeter I've ever heard.....For sheer bursting excitement there can be few anywhere to match him" - John Clare SMH

"Above all there was the trumpet of Tinkler. He ripped at the harmonic fabric of Angel with tiny, impossibly poignant cries and on Circle of Trust alternated blasts of white light with great smears of sonic emotion. This was Australian jazz at its best." - John Shand SMH

John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet


John McNeil is regarded as one of the most original and creative jazz artists in the world today. For over three decades John has toured with his own groups and has received widespread acclaim as both a player and composer. His highly personal trumpet style communicates across the full range of contemporary jazz, and his compositions combine harmonic freedom with melodic accessibility. John's restless experimentation has kept him on the cutting edge of new music and has kept him from being easily categorized.


Although his background includes such mainstream jazz groups as the Horace Silver Quintet, Gerry Mulligan, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, John is equally at home in free and structured settings. This stylistic versatility has put him on stage with such disparate artists as Slide Hampton and John Abercrombie, and shows itself in the combination of free and structured elements found in his CDs recorded on the OmniTone label from 2003 to '06.


Rediscovery, John's latest release (co-led with fellow individualist and tenor icon Bill McHenry), takes the free/structured approach to a different level as they redefine the harmonic boundaries of a number of forgotten or neglected jazz classics.


Saturday, Sep 20


8:30PM Nabaté Isles + 5  *FONT commission*

Nabaté Isles, trumpet/flugelhorn; Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone/flute; Stacy Dillard, tenor & soprano saxophones; Manuel Valera, keyboards; Matt Clohesy, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums

9:30PM Phil Slater Quartet

Phil Slater, trumpet; Jim Black, drums; Chris Tordini, bass; Carl Dewhurst, guitar

11PM John Carlson's Buzz

John Carlson, trumpet; Frank Carlberg, piano; Eric Hipp, tenor sax; Shawn McGloin, bass; TBA, drums


Nabaté Isles + 5


Nabaté Isles + 5 exhibits a plethora of unique and versatile musicians who he's had the pleasure to work with for a few years. The set will feature a wide array of compositions by Nabaté, including a piece commissioned by the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Nabaté has performed and recorded with great artists including Mos Def, James Newton, Charli Persip, Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Lonnie Plaxico, Mike Longo, Oliver Lake, Christian McBride, Freda Payne, the Mingus Big Band, the José Limon Dance Company, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently an adjunct professor of Music Technology at Bloomfield College and trumpet instructor at Jazz at Lincoln Center's prestigious Middle School Jazz Academy.


Phil Slater Quartet


Phil Slater is a trumpeter and composer based in Sydney, Australia. He is the leader or co-leader of several prominent Australian groups, including Band of Five Names and the Phil Slater Quartet. He has performed with various artists both in Australia and abroad, including Lou Reed, Bobby Previte, Jim Black, Barney McAll, Mike Nock, Missy Higgins, Karaikudi R. Mani, Paul Grabowsky and the Australian Art Orchestra. He has released two recordings as a leader: Strobe Coma Virgo (2002), and The Thousands (2007). Phil will be performing at Font 08 with Jim Black, Chris Tordini and Australian guitarist Carl Dewhurst.


John Carlson's Buzz


John Carlson is a jazz trumpet soloist, composer and clinician. He has achieved national recognition through tours and recordings with Grammy-nominated Either Orchestra, the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, the Machito Orchestra, the Palladium Orchestra, the Ken Shaphorst Ensemble and the David Berkman/John Carlson Duo. A member of the band Slavic Soul Party, John is also co-leader of Dharma Nau, Perfumed Scorpion and leads the group Free Range Rat.


John has been on over twenty national tours as well as in Canada, Europe, and Japan. As a recording artist, John has been a featured soloist on over thirty albums and has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers, Chocolate Armeteros, John Tchicai, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Tito Puente, Mike Stern, Cab Calloway, Burton Green, Butch Morris, Warren Smith, Billy Hart, Jay Rosen, Douglas Yates, Joanne Brackeen, Matt Wilson, Armen Donelian and John Medeski.


"John Carlson is a magnificent trumpeter, able to move with equal grace in the realms of both Clifford Brown and Michael Ray….he displays a great improvisational command." - Robert Spencer, Cadence Magazine


John Carlson's Buzz is a shared improvisational force that performs compositional material from the past to the present, original and otherwise.

Charmaine Clamor At Kitano in NYC

Charmaine Clamor- for the Grateful Web

Charmaine Clamor is the first Filipina jazz singer to find success on mainstream American radio. Her album, "Searching for the Soul," has been heard on more than 100 stations around America, and peaked at #1 on the CMJ jazz charts in several markets. Critics and disc jockeys have compared Charmaine's sultry alto voice to legendary vocalists like Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, and Cassandra Wilson, all the while recognizing her individual style and sound.

A longtime member of the renowned vocal harmony ensemble CRESCENDO, Charmaine is also the first Pinay to headline the world-famous Catalina Bar & Grill jazz club, in Hollywood, which presented Charmaine at their sold-out 2005 Filipino-American Jazz festival. In 2006, she headlined the Manila International Jazz Festival in her birth country, the Philippines.

Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Charmaine Clamor began her singing career at age 3, entertaining passengers (whether they liked it or not!) in the back of buses traveling to Manila. As she grew, she began providing piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English language classics. From these early memories comes her love of the Great American Songbook.

One of the founding members of JazzPhil-USA, a non-profit organization which promotes Filipino-American jazz artists in the United States, Charmaine is an American citizen and proud Pinay who is honored to perform at concerts that celebrate the Filipino culture.

Charmaine Clamo At Kitano

Wed., Oct. 22nd


66 Park Ave. at 38th Street

(212) 885 7119

Sets at 8 and 10pm

Charmaine Clamor: vocals

Jeb Patton: piano

Dominic Thiroux: bass

Ben Bilello: drums

U-Melt x2 in NYC Plus Spring Tour

photo courtesy of Tsunami Publicity- for the Grateful Web

New York City's favorite groove rockers, U-Melt, will kick off their Spring Tour with their first two night stand in their hometown on Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th at the newly renovated and renamed Sullivan Hall (where the former Lion's Den used to stand). U-Melt will follow up their 2 night run with an extended Spring Tour, which includes a return to New Orleans for a late night Jazz Fest show at the Blue Nile on Saturday, May 3rd with DJ Logic, as well as three shows with their friends Umphrey's McGee at the beginning of April.

Following this weekend's shows in NYC, U-Melt will travel down south for a couple shows with Umphrey's, including stops at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC on 4/2 and The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on 4/3, before heading back up north for a co-bill with Ryan Montbleau Band on Saturday, 4/5 at The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. U-Melt will then meet back up with Umphrey's on Friday, 4/11 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA, before heading to Rhode Island for a headlining performance at The Wheel House in Narragansett on Saturday, 4/12.

After taking the following week off to continue work on their upcoming studio album, U-Melt will head back down south for an extended tour, which will kick off with at The 8x10 with a co-bill with The Pnuma Trio on Thursday, 4/24. From there, U-Melt will headline The Mix One6 in Roanoke, VA on 4/25, Headliners in Columbia, SC on 4/26, Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA on 4/27, Proud Larry's in Oxford, MS on 4/29, Martin's in Jackson, MS on 4/30, and Zydeco in Birmingham, AL on 5/1.

U-Melt will then travel down to the Crescent City for their second consecutive late night Jazz Fest show, this year to be held at The Blue Nile, during the late night hours of 5/3 (technically 5/4). U-Melt is exited to be joined by fellow New Yorker DJ Logic for this performance, which will kick off around 2:00am.

Following their late night performance, U-Melt will head home to wrap up their Spring Tour with a return to NxNW in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, 5/9.

U-Melt has already revealed a small preview of their summer festival plans, which will include returns to the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day weekend and NLQP in Garrettsville, OH on the Thursday, 7/3. U-Melt has just announced it will also be making their debut at The Disco Biscuit's Camp Bisco in Mariaville, NY in mid-July.

Mar 28 & 29- Sullivan Hall- New York, NY
Apr 2- House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
Apr 3- The Orange Peel- Asheville, NC (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
Apr 5- Bearsville Theater- Woodstock, NY (Co-Bill with Ryan Montbleau Band)
Apr 11- Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
Apr 12- The Wheel House - Narragansett, RI
Apr 24- The 8x10 - Baltimore, MD (Co-Bill with The Pnuma Trio)
Apr 25- The Mix One6 - Roanoke, VA
Apr 26- Headliners - Columbia, SC
Apr 27- Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
Apr 29- Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS
Apr 30- Martin's - Jackson, MS
May 1- Zydeco - Birmingham, AL
May 3- The Blue Nile - New Orleans, LA (Late Night show feat. DJ Logic)
May 9- NxNW - Philadelphia, PA
May 23- May25- Summer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL
Jun 20- River St. Jazz Cafe, Plains, PA
Jun 21- Stonehenge Music Festival - Kellyburg, PA
Jul 3- NLQP's Rythmfest - Garrettsville, OH
Jul 17- 19- Camp Bisco - Mariaville, NY

Net of Being – Alex Grey Exhibit in NYC

Alex Grey - for the Grateful Web

I went to NYC on November 10, 2007 to see Phil Lesh and Friends at the Nokia Theater in Times Square – in and of itself quite an event.  I had taken a train from Philadelphia late, on a whim and with just my black zip up hoodie on my back.   When I got to the show, some friends of mine handed me a flyer for the Net of Being opening party.

"Alex Grey's painting, 'Net of Being,' has been introduced to millions of people by the rock band TOOL.  After years of labor this epic work is now on view along with numerous new artworks depicting Grey's mystic visions and an architectural model of the future Chapel of Sacred Mirrors."  In addition to that wall sized painting; nineteen other new works were on display.

At the entrance to 542 W. 27th in Chelsea, NYC – we were greeted by a line of people waiting to get in the building.  The bouncers looked at us, guided us around the ropes and told us to proceed to the 4th floor.  Evidently there is an unrelated club on the second floor of the building, but being let into a club around a velvet rope based on looks was still an amusing experience.

Once upstairs and we forked over our $20 we entered CosMosis, the dance floor area of the space, where Schism, a Tool cover band was just starting. I have been a sometimes fan of TOOL, having seen them in 1993 with Lollapalooza, as well as having seen Adam Jones guest with Melvins – however had not been following their work recently.  Schism sounded great and the space was decorated with Alex Grey wall sized prints, a video display and a generous littering of bean bag chairs.  Alex Grey was painting live and grooving along to the band.

We headed next past the gift shop – which was closed – down a hall filled with people – to the entrance of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors gallery.  COSM had unfortunately closed when the party portion of the evening – however there was a DJ in the darkened room in front of the entrance – which was fairly packed with people dancing.

Past this was the MicroCosm gallery which contained the Net of Being piece as well as other new pieces.  Unfortunately the gallery did not have the glasses that come with the tool album to view the pictures.

When we returned to the other room, I noticed John Barlow attended by several people – watching Alex paint – with a big smile on his face.

The whole experience seemed very familiar as I am fortunate to be able to regularly visit Fenario Gallery in Eugene, OR which boasts similar artists and friends – Martina Hoffman had exhibited in Eugene was purportedly about and at a benefit dinner for CoSM the previous evening.

At the same time I wish I was better prepared to identify celebrities in the middle of the night as I would have done a better job hob-knobbing – and maybe retrieved some interviews in the process.

Go see Tool on tour now – and buy their new album before you go – experience visionary art and music at the cutting edge of psychedelia.

Black Tie-Dye Ball CD Release Party on 7/20 in NYC

- for the Grateful Web

On November 12, 2005, a group of musicians came together for the first ever NYC Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Bal l Benefit and created a night of incredible musical chemistry.

The Zen Tricksters (Jeff Mattson - lead guitar & vocals, Klyph Black - bass, slide guitar, & vocals, Tom Circosta - rhythm guitar & vocals, Joe Ciarvella - drums) plus special guests : Mickey Hart - vocals & cowbell, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay - vocals, David Nelson - guitar & vocals, Tom Constanten - organ, piano & vocals, Michael Falzarano - guitar & vocals, Rob Barraco - piano, organ & vocals, Greg Anton - drums, David MacKay - bass, and Wendy Lanter - vocals.

Out of this event, The Zen Tricksters and Donna Jean Godchaux realized the music was too good to let go, and they had to continue this journey. So they added Mookie Siegel on keys and included Wendy Lanter on vocals and became: Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue